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Pulse   02/18/2013

Algeria A joint venture comprising Qatar Steel Co. and the government of Algeria is planning to build a steel mill in the Bellara industrial zone in Jijel Province. The first phase entails building a plant with the capacity to produce two million tons of long steel per year by 2017, which will develop the country's rail industry. Construction of phase one has been valued at $2 billion. Enterprise Nationale de Siderurgie, BP 342, Annabe. DR#13-00407468.

Australia New South Wales is planning to carry out the Port Macquarie Base Hospital expansion. The expansion will enlarge the surgical and emergency departments and add a cardiac catheterisation laboratory as well as 200 more parking spaces. Valued at $100 million, the project is expected to be completed in 2015. New South Wales, Planning and Development Dept., 23-33 Bridge St., Sydney. DR#13-00410524.

Nigeria The Nigerian National Energy Council is planning to build the Zungeru hydroelectric powerplant on the northern Zungeru River in Niger state. The project entails building a 700-MW powerplant containing four 175-MW turbines. The Sinohydro-CNEEC consortium has been selected to build the powerplant. The consortium comprises two Chinese firms, Sinohydro Corp. and China National Electrical Equipment Corp. The value of the project has been estimated at $1 billion. Sinohydro Corp., 22 Chegongzhuang West Rd., Beijing, China. DR#13-00401686.

Thailand The Hyatt Corp. is planning to build the Hyatt Place Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit in Bangkok. Sited on Sukhumvit Road, the project entails building a hotel with 220 rooms, seven studio suites, a sky pool, a fitness center, a restaurant and meeting facilities. Design work is under way, and construction is expected to be completed in 2017. The project is valued at between $5 million and $10 million. Hyatt Corp., Asia Pacific Office, 10 Scotts Rd., Singapore. DR#13-00409508.

Zambia Zambia Electricity Supply Corp. Ltd., or ZESCO, is planning to carry out a power rehabilitation project. The project entails the rehabilitation and uprating of three major hydropower stations. The Kafue Gorge Power Station will be uprated to 990 MW from 900 MW, the Kariba North Bank Power Station will be uprated to 720 MW from 600 MW, and the Victoria Falls Power Station will be reinstated to its full generating capacity of 108 MW. The project is valued at $500 million. ZESCO, Great East Rd., Lusaka. DR#12-00693763.


China Gammon Construction has started building two tunnels that will be a part of the Shatin to Central Railway Link in Hong Kong. The project involves two 1-kilometer-long tunnels connecting the existing East Rail Line to the Hung Hom Station, which will be connected to the future Ho Man Tin Station. The project owner is the Mass Transit Railway Corp. The project is valued at $438 million. Gammon Construction, 979 King's Rd., Hong Kong. DR#13-00400537.

England Tracey Brothers Ltd. is building the Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research at the College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, in Scotland. The project involves the construction of a four-story, 5,200-sq-meter building that will contain a high-throughput robotics and molecular-pharmacology facility to augment the existing drug discovery unit and translate basic science into commercial and therapeutic opportunities on the first floor. The second floor will house mathematical biology and biophysics, bioinformatics, data analysis and software development teams. The project is valued at $20 million. Tracey Brothers Ltd., Drumlyon, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. DR#13-00406186.

England The Wakefield Council has signed a $1.2-billion, 25-year contract with Shanks Group plc to build and operate a residual waste treatment facility. The job entails building a facility in which up to 230,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per year will undergo mechanical treatment and sorting to separate materials that will serve as fuel for the Ferry Bridge Power Station. Mixed materials will pass through a materials recovery facility. Organic waste will be sterilized in an autoclave and then fed into an anaerobic digestion plant. The resultant biogas will be used to power the plant. Green waste will be turned into compost. Shanks Group plc, Dunedin House, Auckland Park Mount Farm, Milton Keynes, MK1 1BU. DR#13-00410559.

Ethiopia Metals & Engineering Corp., a state-owned entity responsible for the electro-mechanical component of the Grand Renaissance Dam, has awarded a $326-million contract to Alstom to supply turbines and generators. In the first phase, Alstom will supply and supervise the installation of eight 375-MW turbines. Commissioning will start in late 2013 and take place over three years. Upon completion, the powerplant will generate 6,000 MW, quadrupling Ethiopia's current electricity production. The powerplant will be operated by the Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. Alstom, Three Ave. Andre Malraux, Levallois-Perret, France. DR#13-00405895.

Indonesia The U.S. State Dept.'s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations has awarded a $292-million contract to B.L. Harbert International LLC to build a new U.S. embassy complex in Jakarta. B.L. Harbert International LLC, Attn: Jackie Stevenson, 820 Shades Creek Parkway, Birmingham, Ala. 35209. DR#13-00403640.


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